Newsletter 15.07.22

Newsletter 15.07.22

Mission Day 
This week the whole school took part in our Mission Day around the Gospel Value of ‘Purity and Holiness’. A range of activities considered various elements of Catholic Social Teaching and what it means to be a positive influence in the world. We reflected on this Gospel value as encouraging people to become ‘wholly’ themselves rather than be distracted by other influences. It was a great day with lots to think about. 
Year 9 Day of Reflection 

Year 9 also had their Day of Reflection this week. The theme for the day was ‘We are God’s work of art’, and included workshops where they created art pieces based around their unique fingerprints. There were other workshops on the ‘Big Questions’ in life and how to make Self-Care a part of our daily routine. We were joined on the day by the Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team who led a workshop looking forward to Year 10, thinking about what to take forward and what to leave behind. It was a wonderful day and thanks to the Youth Mission Team and all the staff who supported our students on their day. 

Sports Presentation Evening
On Monday 18th July 2022 at 6pm, we celebrate the return of Sports Presentation Evening. All students who have represented the school this academic year are invited to attend and will receive a certificate for their contributions to school sport. Furthermore, those who have represented the school in four or more sports will receive a badge for their efforts. 
There will also be awards for achievement and effort in school sport along with a ‘High Performance’ presentation. The evening will finish with our guest speaker, professional footballer for Crewe Alexandra FC; Rio Adebisi.
Music News

Nathan Lee Piano Grade 1 Distinction

Kaitlin Marshall Violin Grade 1 Distinction

Jack Carroll Piano Grade 2 Distinction

Sara Hardman Piano Grade 2 Distinction

Harry Bainbridge Clarinet Grade 4 Pass

Luca Gasparini Violin Grade 5 Merit

Rafael Wong Violin Grade 6 Distinction

Will Roberts Singing Grade 8 Distinction

Well done to all of these talented students. We are proud of all your hard work and dedication. A big congratulation to you all!
Free Sanitary Products

Students are welcome to come to the medical room to pick up supplies of Sanitary Products for the summer.

We have plenty of female products available to hand out free of charge.

Hot Weather 
In response to the extreme heat forecast over the coming days, the following measures will be put in place next week. Students can
  • Can continue to wear their PE kit
  • During lessons, students will be provided with an exit pass if they need to refill their water bottle/access the water fountains
  • During break and lunchtime, students can access the assembly hall in addition to the dining hall if they wish to remain indoors
  • Can bring in a hat and an umbrella/parasol to use when outside
Summer Raffle
Thank you again to everyone for your continued support with our summer raffle which has been running at £1 a ticket on ParentPay – it will finish at midnight on Sunday with the draw taking place on Monday. We would like to thank Fresh Floral Design for wrapping our hampers. Thank you also to: The Hollies Farm shop, Abbeywood Estate Delamere, Vale Royal Golf Club, Chester Race Course, The Badger Inn Church Minshull, Kerry Countrywax, Crafty Sense of Fun & Poppy Rose Tea Room for your generous prizes.
Good luck everyone.?
Congratulations! ? We have another supporter who has won this week.
Year 6 Disco and Year 5 Activities Day
Year 6 really enjoyed their disco on Friday evening. It was wonderful to see so many new faces and we were delighted to chat to parents and grandparents. We were also delighted to hear how much year 5 enjoyed their activities day on Monday along with their ice lollies which were apparently very welcome on such a hot day.
PTFA next year
We will be welcoming some of the new parents on board our PTFA in the new school year – thank you so much. 
Our next meeting is Monday, 12th September at 6.15 pm in school – all welcome.
Bugsy Malone and Sports Presentation Evening and Year 10 Memorial Tournament
The Bugsy Malone performances have been wonderful – we will see you this evening for the final night where we will be serving teas, coffees and biscuits. 
We are looking forward to seeing some of you at the Sports Presentation Evening on Monday and supporting the Year 10 rounders match on Tuesday afternoon in memory of Lucas Briscoe.
Save the date – Car Boot Sale
We will be holding a car boot sale on the school site on Saturday, 24th September during the morning. More details to follow.
Where do the PTFA funds go?
Thank you very much for your continued support this school year. We have been delighted to be able to purchase/help:
  • Funding towards Year 8 theatre trip
  • A sewing machine for the art department
  • On line resources for Business & Law
  • Chess sets for the chess club
  • UKMT funding for Maths
  • Dictaphones & dictionaries for French & Spanish
  • Apple iPad & portable audio recorder for Music
  • A new TV for 6th Form.
As you can see the PTFA can make a real difference to school and your child’s education. 
We wish you a wonderful summer.
Thank you as ever.
Your PTFA 
“May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are and the difference you make.”
Library News

Last library lessons. 

As yr 7 library lessons draw to a close, I’d like to remind parents and carers of the importance of reading aloud to your children. This is something we take for granted throughout primary school but becomes increasingly infrequent as our children get older. Research conducted by Unity Research School highlights the importance of reading fluency as a vital skill which enables children and teenagers to access all areas of the curriculum. By reading aloud to your children you are modelling appropriate pace, smoothness, phrasing, and expression/volume. Reading fluently strengthens understanding and secures comprehension. We have been modelling reading to the year 7s for part of every library lesson this year. Some classes are yet to get to the end of their book. See below for the stories we have been sharing this year: 

Vacancies at St Nicholas
We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable teaching assistant, required to work with students who need an extra hand to help them achieve their potential – both on a one to one basis and in the classroom.
You will be part of our amazing, hard-working and very supportive TA-team.
Grade 5
31.25 hours per week – 39 weeks per year.
Closing date 9 AM Monday 18 July 2022.
Click here for further information
Northwich Teen Party in the Park

Please remind students to empty their lockers before end of term as all lockers will be emptied by the site team over the summer holidays. Any remaining items will be available for identification in September before being donated to charity.
Viking Boat Success

A group of explorers took part in the dragon boat racing at the river festival in Northwich on Saturday. There was 13 Viking boats in total racing and the teams were mainly adults and the explorer team was 14-17 year olds. They ended up coming 3rd in the whole competition and raced 4 times with the fastest time of 55 seconds. The student involved were Emily, Jess, Ashley, Eleanor and Poppy.

Summer Holiday School Meal offers

Sporting Success – Amelia Fitzgerald 8B 
Amelia Fitzgerald competed in the North West Regional open water Swimming Championship on Saturday 10th July at Sale water park. Her competition distance was 2 km and she finished 3rd in Cheshire and 4th in the North West Region in her age group.
Well done Amelia!
Sporting Success – British Pedal Car Grand Prix

On Sunday Ringwood racecourse hosted the British Pedal Car Grand Prix. Tom Dean in Year 12 (wearing red in the picture) was part of the team that came FIRST!

Sporting Success – Athletics

Dylan Carney in Year 12 represented Cheshire in the highly prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships. He was competing in the 800m against the very best U18 (Dylan would have been a year younger than many of his competitors) runners across the country. He finished 14th overall and was the top Cheshire athlete to finish.

Sports leaders at St Mary’s

Last Wednesday, our Year 9 leaders helped out with St Mary’s Sports Day. They showed great leadership skills and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the day. Thank you for having us St Mary’s.

Girls’ and Boys’ After School Sports

There is no after school sports next week – see you all in September.

Upcoming Dates

KS3 Rewards Trips  –  Monday 18th July 2022
Sports Presentation Evening  –  Monday 18th July 2022  (6.00 – 8.30pm)
Whole School Mass during the morning – Tuesday 19th July 2022

Year 8 Reports to Parents  –  Tuesday 19th July 2022
SCHOOL CLOSES  –  Wednesday 20th July 2022 (12.30 finish)

SCHOOL RE-OPENS – Year 7 and Year 12 – Monday 5th September
SCHOOL RE-OPENS – All students – Tuesday 6th September

For future dates click here


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